: JM1 Kitchen 9
: Best location on campus, en-suite with new kitchens in some blocks. A few quiet people who I don't see much and about 25% international: some more friendly than others. 30 week let means moving everything out during the holidays.
: JM is possibly the most ideally located halls if you have lectures at Central or Gibbet Hill campus. Within 2 minutes from the SU, Costcutter, ATMs, launderette, health centre, taxi rank and 2 bus stops. 5 minutes from lecture theatres on Library Road and Sports Centre and 7 minutes from Computer Sciences and Maths (where most my lectures are). Tesco is about 12 minutes away. Everyone has ensuite bathrooms and JM1 has new kitchens for 2009/10 (JM3 still has old kitchens - hopefully they will do it up for 2010/11), containing massive storage space. Kitchens cleaned 3 times a week, bathroom once a week and bedroom once a fortnight. JM1 even contains a lift which is useful when moving in and out. Being close the the SU means that inviting people over to your block is a viable option for pre drinking and stuff so you can turn the kitchen into a social hub if you so wish.
: 30 week lets mean you have to move everything out during the holidays, even stuff in the kitchen (utensils, food). You get a small lockable cupboard (and a trunk room shared with everyone else in the block) and that's it. It snowed on the weekend I had to return in January meaning I had to take the train and live from a small suitcase for 1 week before the rest of my stuff was brought up. 3 of the 4 blocks this term had a lot of fire alarms. My block had had more than one per week on average, most of them happening between 10pm and 6am in the second term. High number of international students who form social groups with people who speak their native language so I don't see them as much. My corridor seems disjoint at times but there is always two other corridors on my floor so there are enough of us for great nights out. (JM is considered to be more social than AV, but it actually depends on what you do and how much effort you and others are willing to give.) Some blocks have better facilities than others (namely new kitchens and a lift in JM1 and old kitchens and no lift in JM3, also JM3 is 1 minute further away from everything else than JM1), but you still pay the same amount wherever you live - so it's a bit of luck where you get placed. 12 people to one fridge and one freezer - there are 12 spaces but some kitchens have two fridges between 10 or so. No common rooms like AV, but our kitchen is larger than theirs. Also no launderette in the building, but it is a 2 minute walk from JM1.
Old JM kitchens, taken 3 years ago (this looks like JM4 Kitchen 9 or JM3 Kitchen 9):
Even taken 3 years ago I think that the old kitchens still look nearly identical to how they look in the photos.
New JM1 Kitchen, taken 2009:
Note the two cookers instead of one